Global Population Speak Out: Letter to Representative David Price

The Honorable David E. Price (D-NC)
U.S. House of Representatives
2162 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-3304

Dear David,
Because we are neighbors and there is a matter of personal concern to me, I am contacting you on this occasion at your home address.  This letter is copied to your office in Washington, DC. 
In our time, the USA is a leader of the international community of nations comprising the family of humanity.  This worldwide family is confronted with numerous looming economic challenges and formidable ecological threats.  Of all challenges to human well being and environmental health, there may be no threat so large and oppressive as the one presented to humankind by the projected unbridled growth of absolute global population numbers in the first half of Century XXI.
President Barack Obama has made a commitment to rely on the best available scientific evidence in policymaking and action planning rather than be guided by preternatural theories, ideologically-biased factoids, purely political convenience and excessive attention to economic expediency.
With these circumstances in mind, I have joined the “Global Population Speak Out” Project (  This project is featured in Science Magazine (Science Volume 322, Issue 5902 p. 655 “Return of the Population Bomb”).  People from around the world have pledged to speak out loudly and clearly about the challenges that could soon be presented to the world by the skyrocketing increase of human population numbers on Earth.  My project is a simple, straightforward one: to send you this letter.  As my Congressman and a respected scientist, I am asking you to consider revolutionary scientific evidence that appears to advance our understanding of human population dynamics.  A 30 minute presentation of this research by an outstanding scientist from Chapel Hill (and a colleague of yours at Duke University) can be reviewed at the following link (  At least to me, the evidence in the presentation by Russell Hopfenberg, Ph.D., “World Food and Human Population Growth,” has potentially profound implications.
If it pleases you to do so, examine the evidence.
Thanks for the great work you have been doing over many years for the citizens of Chapel Hill and the 4th Congressional District as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.


  1. Posted April 22, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    You write very well.

  2. Posted May 5, 2009 at 7:03 am | Permalink


    Sorry to threadjack, but there was an interesting conversation happening on this thread here…but you seemed to have abandoned it. I thought you added to the conversation, but the other posters are questioning the legitimacy of your comment.

    I can’t really fault them; you dropped in, made a post that on a first skim through appears like spam and on a second read through offends their political underpinnings, and then disappeared. I will have a harder time defending your ideas and comment without at least your coming back to engage them properly. It does seem like you’re capable of adding more to the conversation, I think it would be fruitful if you did.

  3. Steve Salmony
    Posted December 5, 2009 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    “They go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent… Owing to past neglect, in the face of the plainest warnings, we have entered upon a period of danger. The era of procrastination, of half measures, of soothing and baffling expedience of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences…. We cannot avoid this period, we are in it now…”
    - Winston Churchill, November 12, 1936

  4. Posted May 2, 2010 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Please pass around the following link. I would like to invite out-of-the-box thinking in response to the most formidable of human-driven global challenges.

    Thank you to all for all you are doing,


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